Being a massive heavy metal fan I was excited to see a 700+ paged book of its history come out. The story is told by the musicians themselves which makes it a lot more insightful than a general biography. Most of the major players such as Tony Iommi, Rob Halford, Kerry King, Phil Anselmo, Robb Flynn, Adam Dutkiewicz and Jamey Jasta talk at length about their experiences so it's not just a mediocre cobbled together effort. I learnt a lot about some of the bands and the development of metal music over the years. It's also full of drug and sex stories which are an eye opener, in fact they are the most explicit I've read since Motley Crue-The Dirt! A few things annoyed me though...there was absolutely no mention of the whole neoclassical and folk metal genres (bands like Children of Bodom, Kalmah and Ensiferum are in a different league to some of the tosh in here!) and considering this is a 2013 release it was very vast on up and coming bands such as Bring Me The Horizon, August Burns Red and Asking Alexandria. But to be fair a proper history on this subject would take thousands of pages to write so there are bound to be bits missing. What Louder Than Hell does include is really interesting but Wiederhorn and Turman definitely played it safe in my opinion, information on a few more obscurer acts would certainly have benefited and complimented this book.